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this is only kind of true. they often see what your buying and then say 'oh you might like this' and dig loads of other stuff out, and then let you go on the decks and listen to loads. once i took about 5 or 6 things up to listen to, and they ended up giving me about 35 others to try as well.

gareth, Wednesday, 3 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Afflecks/Oldham St = perfect, thanks ILE.

(although I didn't have time to actually buy anything, damn you ILE)

Graham, Friday, 5 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Delia my doppelganging nemesis.

I don't look anything like her! We both have the same hairdo that is ALL. Dammit! DAMMIT ALL TO HELL IN A HANDCART.

Sarah, Friday, 5 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Calm, Starry. Just think of pubs. Lovely pubs. That you will soon be in. With beer. Mmmmm beer.

Richard Tunnicliffe, Friday, 5 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

one year passes...
I love alcohol it is the best thing ever i love going out to a pub and gettin very drunk that drunk that i cant wailk its great

martha fletcher, Friday, 3 October 2003 09:17 (fifteen years ago) link

five years pass...

Are there any mancunians checking this board?
I m this half french guy coming to visit his relatives in manchester, and i would really fancy having a drink with some ilxers tomorrow...

Snowballing, Friday, 12 June 2009 23:53 (ten years ago) link

See the fleet of cruising cars
go past the stations and the bars.
Never stop to get out
in case they choose to cruise about.
Well, I tell you, that boy,
he stopped up at the station.
He must be on a mission of passion
Couldn't make out whether he was from
Salford or...ah... Manchester.
And this London visitor had this to say:
"Cheater"
Cheetham Hill.
Only way you stop is for passion at the station.
Why you cruising? To be unfaithful.
You want to settle up, you want to settle down.
And some man really hurt you.
He isn't around in Cheetham.
You cheated.
Well I tell you,
That boy, he stopped up at the station.
He must be on a mission of passion.
Cheater.
Cheetham Hill.
Where you going, boy? Are you cheatin'?
Is that why you come from Cheetham Hill?
When you stopped up at the station
was it an excuse to get away from your wife?
Couldn't make out whether he was from
Salford or...ah...Manchester
And this London visitor had this to say
"Cheater"
Cheetham.
(Cheetham Hill.)
(
customised
intentional
there's no need to go berserk
you don't scratch my nice green Merc
I wont need to go berserk
if you don't scratch my nice green Merc
...)

the unfished business of display names only (country matters), Friday, 12 June 2009 23:55 (ten years ago) link

eight months pass...

What was the john peel quote around manchester football teams being crap and the music being fantastic

derry2010, Saturday, 6 March 2010 11:42 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

Here until Tuesday, anybody want to meet for a drink? Staying around the corner from Oldham street...

Franz Kappa (S-), Thursday, 3 November 2011 23:37 (seven years ago) link

three years pass...

What's good in terms of places to eat?

...any good arthouse cinemas?

xyzzzz__, Friday, 18 September 2015 09:16 (three years ago) link

I was pleased with the food and the drink in this place: http://www.marblebeers.com/marble-arch/

Tim, Friday, 18 September 2015 09:19 (three years ago) link

Looks good (although that first pic :-))! From the postcode I am staying near there

xyzzzz__, Friday, 18 September 2015 09:22 (three years ago) link

manchester has a brand new arthouse cinema! - http://homemcr.org/

plenty of good places to eat depending on what sort of thing you're looking for. the armenian taverna is a meat fest in a subterranean grotto, el rincon is great for unpretentious argentine tapas, samsi on whitworth st a v good japanese restaurant...

ogmor, Friday, 18 September 2015 09:33 (three years ago) link

Thanks ogmor. As to what I'm looking for just recommend anything you really enjoyed and I'll be looking to try.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 18 September 2015 09:44 (three years ago) link

2nd week here - why is the centre of the city being carved open, roadworks seemingly everywhere. Couple of biblical showers last week but great weather at the start of the week..

Found a shop that does pancakes for breakfast, makes a change from the hotel (LOL bastards can't even do porridge).

Otherwise finding my way - Arndale annoying, otherwise Marblebeers is nice Tim thanks. Thomas Street has that Dalston vibe, reminding me of fkn 'home' - really all that this needed was shit furniture. Will go back for pork pie (which they didn't have when I went in).

Also went to the Armenian and certainly going back. Funnily enough I was reading a passage about Mandelstam's "Journey to Armenia" in another bk. Good place.

Found what seems to be Chinatown in Faulkner Street so working my way.

Found a really nice comics and bookshop - will note its name down for my next update, should I live.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 28 September 2015 20:58 (three years ago) link

gullivers on oldham st, and the castle across the road are your go-to pubs. often got live music, spoken word, comedy on. friendly mix of old manc & new

NI, Tuesday, 29 September 2015 02:04 (three years ago) link

Yes NI whilst walking back I took a detour and saw Gullivers and I think the Castle (there was some Karaoke coming out of it), totally going for a drink tonight at the former - looked really good.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 29 September 2015 11:48 (three years ago) link

no karaoke at castle, it's really not that kind of place! my mate's hosting a spoken word event there tonight, free entry and always great.

NI, Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:08 (three years ago) link

Found a really nice comics and bookshop - will note its name down for my next update, should I live.

Paramount books near shudehill bus station/back of the arndale? if not you should definitely visit.

forgot to update this, but other notable eateries - habesha on sackville street, the spiral staircase in the corner of a kebab shop is an inauspicious entrance but this is a pretty great and very reasonable ethiopian&eritrean restaurant.

there are a few good curry houses in the city centre, I'd probably go for rajdoot, which is on the opposite side of albert square to the armenian taverna, but if you can make it to rusholme it's worth a stroll (I like sanam, the palestinian falafel place is also fantastic) and the great kathmandu on burton road in didsbury is probably my overall favourite.

not sure what your plans are but if you're up for a pint ilxmail me!

ogmor, Wednesday, 30 September 2015 16:21 (three years ago) link

Yeah Paramount - paid a quick visit, looks great.

Saw this quickly last night and went to Habesha and that's great - really good local knowledge there, never spot that in a million years.

Been wondering re: curry house. Will try.

Will ilxmail - up for a drink sometime.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 1 October 2015 10:05 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

Any restaurants in Manchester that you (or rather my sister) would be pleased to get a birthday voucher for? (Meals? Afternoon tea?)

djh, Tuesday, 3 November 2015 21:27 (three years ago) link

Dough pizza

cardamon, Thursday, 5 November 2015 01:03 (three years ago) link

I would be extremely pleased to visit one of the Simon Rogan places at The Midland, but that may be further up the £££ scale than you had in mind.

Tim, Thursday, 5 November 2015 07:04 (three years ago) link

yeah for a treat the midland would be good

ogmor, Thursday, 5 November 2015 12:13 (three years ago) link

I hear wonderful things about the lime tree in didsbury as well which would be considerably more reasonable

ogmor, Thursday, 5 November 2015 12:30 (three years ago) link

Going to Rajdoot now and its outstansding.

Also go to Samsi as I stay nearby there - bdesides serving a terrific Katsu cuury it has good ice cream for dessert.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 5 November 2015 12:52 (three years ago) link

glad you like rajdoot! love a samsi bento box and the sushi must be the best in manchester by quite a way

ogmor, Thursday, 5 November 2015 13:07 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

El Rincon is brilliant tapas place, went last night and it is tough to get a table (and you can only book in advance if its for three ppl at least)

Extra offline recommends from ogmor that I've also checked out:

- Yuzu is an excellent, humble Japanese place in the less busier corner in Faulkner street

- Salvi is a v good Italian on John Dalton Street

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 9 December 2015 12:41 (three years ago) link

For breakfast I settled on Fig + Sparrow on Oldham street - which doubles as a design shop.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 9 December 2015 12:43 (three years ago) link

Ppl at fig are v friendly although they weren't open at 8am (xmas parties season then?)

Went for some pancakes + berries + yoghurt (er @ that mix) and the jukebox was '97: Manics, Verve, Radiohead, Ash, MANSUN. LOL Indie. What corruption and filth.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 18 December 2015 09:44 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I haven't been to Manchester in 24 years, but I'm glad to see some things haven't changed.

http://ak-hdl.buzzfed.com/static/2016-01/1/11/enhanced/webdr15/enhanced-buzz-wide-14156-1451666024-7.jpg

Michael Cawley ‏@cawleym1 Jan 1
Hogarthian in all respects, the pissed bloke getting his beer has poignant poetic majesty.

Jebtsundamba Khutuktu (nakhchivan), Sunday, 3 January 2016 09:00 (three years ago) link

There is a Buddhist centre and a v gd veg cafe round the corner from there.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 3 January 2016 11:23 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Get a giggle everytime I walk by Well Street.

Are there any good vegetarian resturants in Manchester?

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 20 January 2016 14:43 (three years ago) link

1847, right in the centre of town, is really good, I went there a few months ago. Excellent organic wine list too.

The Male Gaz Coombes (Neil S), Wednesday, 20 January 2016 14:53 (three years ago) link

I'll check it out tx.

what's the deal with Paramount books? that is now only open on Sat and Sun - before xmas its opening hours only included Friday.

Is that the main indepedent bookseller in the city centre?

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 21 January 2016 13:04 (three years ago) link

also: soref, neil s - both myself and ogmor were talking about a Manchester fap sometime (no it won't end like those pics above :-))

Let us know whether you might be around in Feb sometime.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 21 January 2016 13:05 (three years ago) link

manchester/nw ilx needs to rally together or at least congeal in the NQ somewhere

ogmor, Thursday, 21 January 2016 15:43 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

and one more - otherwise me and ogmor will hopefully get to paint the town do something

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 4 February 2016 16:44 (three years ago) link

Is there a good place for breakfast that might do some nice things? (French toast or pancakes or just nice porridge) and that opens at 7am.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 4 February 2016 16:46 (three years ago) link

sorry never responded to yr kind invite, I'm actually London-based but am in Mcr to see my brother & my GF's family fairly often, if that coincides with an Mcr FAP then I will give you a shout!

Gaz upon my works ye mighty, and despair (Neil S), Thursday, 4 February 2016 16:48 (three years ago) link

No worries I'll hopefully get to firm up a day and revive this.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 4 February 2016 16:50 (three years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRCcGUvmZDE

ogmor, Thursday, 4 February 2016 18:56 (three years ago) link

seven months pass...

Get a giggle everytime I walk by Well Street.

there's also helmet street

For bodies we are ready to build pyramids (whatever), Friday, 9 September 2016 16:15 (two years ago) link

five months pass...

http://i.imgur.com/2NvsK30.jpg

ogmor, Thursday, 16 February 2017 13:39 (two years ago) link

I'd really like to just go and lie in that, go to sleep, and then they can bring the water back.

Never changed username before (cardamon), Friday, 17 February 2017 18:14 (two years ago) link

rip, sweet prince

ogmor, Friday, 17 February 2017 20:40 (two years ago) link

lunya serve a famous tapas delicacy - crisps on a plate next to some anchovies. as catalan exports go it's up there w guardiola and the statues of people having festive shits

ogmor, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 07:40 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

At 11:00am on Saturday 8th September, Manchester’s central air quality monitoring station recorded the highest levels of air pollution anywhere in the whole of western Europe. pic.twitter.com/eAWgrEH9Ru

— AboutManchester (@AboutMcr) September 10, 2018

ogmor, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 10:14 (eleven months ago) link

how long are these bikes going to last

― ogmor, Sunday, July 16, 2017 8:43 PM (one year ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

gone now

"They said around 10 per cent, or 200, of their bikes were being affected each month - the worst of any of the 200 cities they operate in."

ogmor, Tuesday, 11 September 2018 21:24 (eleven months ago) link

four months pass...

Is the National Football Museum worth a visit? (As someone who likes football)

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 8 February 2019 16:38 (six months ago) link

It’s pretty great, yeah. Some really cool historic stuff to look at. It used to be free but honestly I think it’s still great value at a tenner.

Unrelated but has anyone been clubbing or attended the pop night out at Partisan Collective? Intrigued but not sure of the crowd etc.

Your dad's Carlos Boozer and you keep him alive (fionnland), Friday, 8 February 2019 17:38 (six months ago) link

Hmm for me it has the same problem as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; it presents a rather sterile side of a subject that is not particularly suited to a museum exhibit. I’d much rather be at a game of football (or a gig) than looking at clothes that were once worn by someone talented.

On the other hand, it’s free and in the city centre so certainly worth trying for a few minutes. Despite working a couple of minutes walk away, I personally can’t imagine going back for a second visit unless there is ever an exhibition of particular interest.

AlanSmithee, Friday, 8 February 2019 17:39 (six months ago) link

Is it not free any more?

AlanSmithee, Friday, 8 February 2019 17:39 (six months ago) link

i just looked on the website recently - might be in manchester later in the year - and it's a tenner for non-residents of the city of manchester, free otherwise

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Friday, 8 February 2019 17:41 (six months ago) link

https://www.nationalfootballmuseum.com/admission/
Not unless you’re from Manchester appar

Your dad's Carlos Boozer and you keep him alive (fionnland), Friday, 8 February 2019 17:42 (six months ago) link

I’d much rather be at a game of football

I will be later on, just got some time to kill

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 8 February 2019 18:05 (six months ago) link

There's quite a bit of interesting looking stuff on at partisan but I have never made it down for a club night. I've been to some of the other events there, it's quite a mixed crowd, very lgbt+ friendly/focused

ogmor, Friday, 8 February 2019 18:20 (six months ago) link

omg hello other manchester ilxors. partisan is alright, still early days. r kid kiran leonard brought the house down there not long back. at any rate i resent paying four quid for a tin of red stripe anywhere.

meaulnes, Saturday, 9 February 2019 03:29 (six months ago) link

p.s. when i went to the football museum five years ago i asked the attendant if they had any decapitated heads from when they used to play football with people's heads. she wasn't best pleased.

meaulnes, Saturday, 9 February 2019 03:30 (six months ago) link

I'll be pottering about in Manchester tomorrow. I'm staying in Portland st., any cool stuff to do around there

. (Michael B), Saturday, 9 February 2019 12:51 (six months ago) link

Not far from the corner of Portland Street and Oxford Street is the Temple, which is an old public toilet converted into a tiny bar below ground level selling mostly European beer. https://www.visitmanchester.com/food-and-drink/the-temple-of-convenience-p160601

My favourite place in Manchester is John Rylands Library on Deansgate, within walking distance of Portland Street. It’s a fantastic Victorian building, more like a church than a library. https://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/visit/

AlanSmithee, Saturday, 9 February 2019 17:22 (six months ago) link

hey michael!

you're right in the centre & well positioned for most things. I also love john rylands (esp the top floor) and have a soft spot for temple. there'll be loads of chinese new year stuff on, esp round the town hall and st anne's square, & some leonardo da vinci drawings have just gone on display at the nearby art gallery if yr in the mood but otherwise the city is your oyster. give me an ilxmail if you fancy meeting for a pint &/or wander

ogmor, Saturday, 9 February 2019 17:56 (six months ago) link

Cheers, ogmor!

There's myself and a few mates over but if I can squeeze in a meet-up, I'll let you know

. (Michael B), Saturday, 9 February 2019 18:32 (six months ago) link

I’ll give the football museum 5/10

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Saturday, 9 February 2019 18:37 (six months ago) link

that is the correct way to go about things, enjoy!

ogmor, Saturday, 9 February 2019 18:44 (six months ago) link

I was basking in the glamour of League One football at Rochdale earlier today

. (Michael B), Saturday, 9 February 2019 19:30 (six months ago) link

Crazy Pedro's was a good laugh last night

. (Michael B), Sunday, 10 February 2019 09:42 (six months ago) link

nice ground is Spotland, been there a few times. the Science Museum is underrated, but probably full of dangerous hordes of vicious killers during half term.

calzino, Sunday, 10 February 2019 10:06 (six months ago) link

Andy Burnham beside me in Temple talking about Sex Pistols and R.E.M. haha.

Your dad's Carlos Boozer and you keep him alive (fionnland), Friday, 15 February 2019 18:34 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

So Marvel are filming in Manchester today - Oldham street. They moved all the homeless and have replaced them with actors dressed as homeless people.

— Lily (@lilyhuggins) March 26, 2019

ogmor, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 09:34 (four months ago) link

They filmed Captain America a small block away from me. You can still see some of the 'stuff' they did in the actual street; blackened out painted windows, remnants of the old fake posters etc. Also Peaky Blinders and the uh.. remake of Alfie. The Northern Quarter has been a bit of a hot spot these last 10 years.

https://assets.confidentials.com/uploads/imported/Assets/1/157225036.jpg

piscesx, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 10:07 (four months ago) link

get that fucking marvel shite out of this country pls!

calzino, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 10:11 (four months ago) link

we need to monetise our urban decay somehow!

ogmor, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 10:13 (four months ago) link

We should be creating a hostile environment for hollywood cunts bothering homeless people.

calzino, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 10:18 (four months ago) link

two months pass...

Samir's in Stretford is so fkn good. He had a restaurant in Syria and he's been open a few months on Chester Road now in the place that Sip Club had previously been putting on pop-up restaurants in. Everything is much cheaper and better than it needs to be but the mutabal in particular is glorious & the nutty kebabs are really rich and delicious. They cld do with some more business, strongly recommend it

ogmor, Tuesday, 25 June 2019 21:37 (one month ago) link

Thanks for the suggestion!

My favourite Ethiopian in Manchester, the Blue Nile Cafe in Stretford sadly closed a couple months ago. Haven't really explored anything else in the area yet.

yeah it's so sad, the woman that ran it was a total sweetheart, said she loved having the restaurant but seemed to undercharge us every time and was always struggling with the bills. habesha is still good tho!

ogmor, Tuesday, 25 June 2019 21:50 (one month ago) link

Yeah - Tiggy is amazing, she's pretty much the reason I went hiking in Ethiopia last September which was my favourite ever holiday.

Habesha is v good but the injera leaves a lot to be desired. Also when I was in the other week it seemed like they had stopped doing the raw kitfo!
The Eritrean on Port Street is pretty great, as is Merhaba - though I never find myself in Rusholme.

very nice! whereabouts did you hike? went to ethiopia a few years back, got hooked on doro wat in particular and had a similarly amazing time, we had planned to go hiking in the simien mountains but then decided to go to axum instead and can't say I regret it but wld love to go again if circs permit.

ogmor, Tuesday, 25 June 2019 22:22 (one month ago) link

For me it was all about the gomen tibs! Ah, I wanted to visit the monuments up at Axum and the Danakil Depression but couldn't fit them into my itinerary! Next time!

I spent a couple days in Addis for the new year celebrations, and H from here suggested Fendika which was a great way to experience the music. Then flew up to Lalibela which was actually my favourite bit. The churches are something else with a bit of beautiful hiking/hospitality in the surrounding area, and I even ended up as guest at a fab two day wedding. From there I went on to Bahir Dir and the Simien mountains/Ras Dashen for a further 5 days of hiking. Just unbelievably beautiful up there - though I basically had to reteach myself to breathe every morning ha.

that sounds suitably incredible. likewise we had a great time in addis, in large part due to H, then went to bahir dar, gondar, axum and lalibela. lalibela exceeded my very high expectations and was intense to go round again first thing in the morning when no one was around. couldn't really get over how gorgeous the landscape was. we were there at the same time of year as well and everything was fantastically green, meskel flowers in bloom, lightning storms over lake tana in the evening... yeah, next time

ogmor, Wednesday, 26 June 2019 08:24 (one month ago) link


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